Survey created for victims of domestic abuse in Derbyshire

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Residents are being asked for their views on domestic abuse services to help improve the support on offer offered by Derbyshire County Council.

Around 13,000 people affected by domestic abuse are supported by council services every year .

Council chiefs have now organised a survey to check that there are no gaps in the programmes it offers, which includes one of the UK’s only male refuges.

The services currently available, which are jointly funded by the council and the Big Lottery Fund, include a helpline and an independent domestic violence advisers and outreach workers to support people at risk of abuse.

It also offers support with safe accommodation for victims who need to leave home, as well as a voluntary programme to help male offenders stop abusive behaviour towards female partners.

Derbyshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Health and Communities, David Lowe, said: “We want to provide the best levels of support and advice for people at risk of domestic abuse.

“That’s why it’s important we get the views of residents who may have either used or may need support to help us develop future services.

“We want to find out what residents need and if there are any areas that could be improved.”